PENSACOLA, Fla. – Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union has launched its financial services program for its more than 32,000 members. The $281 million credit union’s new Gulf Winds Financial Services division will make available brokerage and insurance services, including mutual funds, annuities, stocks and bonds, to GWFCU members. These services are provided exclusively through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers and a wholly owned subsidiary of Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE: RJF), a Florida based company that is part of a network of over 3,700 financial advisors in more than 2,100 locations in the United States, Canada and overseas. “This is a significant step in positioning the credit union as a one stop financial service center,” said Chris Rutledge, GWFCU president/CEO. “We are pleased to be able to expand the convenient and personal services of GWFCU to meet all of the unique financial needs of our members.” Robert (Bob) Alft, a Raymond James Financial advisor, will serve members. Before joining the US Navy, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Business Administration. He then served 20 years in the United States Navy as a helicopter pilot, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Commander from Whiting Field. After retiring from the Navy, he served as a financial advisor with local financial institutions. Prior to joining Gulf Winds and Raymond James, Alft was an investment consultant with Sun Trust Securities, Inc. for six years. He was responsible for comprehensive financial planning for his clients.

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